Pregnant women’s attitudes about topical microbicides for the prevention and treatment of bacterial vaginosis during pregnancy

Marina Catallozzi, Lauren Dapena Fraiz, Katharine M. Hargreaves, Gregory Zimet, Lawrence R. Stanberry, Adam J. Ratner, Shari E. Gelber, Susan L. Rosenthal

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Abstract

We sought to understand pregnant women’s product preference and likelihood of use of topical microbicides for bacterial vaginosis (BV) prevention and treatment. Pregnant women (N = 196) in a obstetrics clinic completed a survey between June 2014 and January 2015 about vaginal product use for BV. This cross-sectional study explored product preferences, likelihood of product use for BV management and father of the baby (FOB) involvement. Most participants were under 30 (68%) and underrepresented minorities (47% Hispanic, 21% African-American). Most women preferred the gel (69%). Only 30% were likely to use either product for prevention of BV; 76% if high risk for BV; 83% treatment of BV. Anticipated FOB involvement in decision-making included that 46% would ask his opinion, 38% would inform him of the decision and 7% would need approval. Most (87%) would ask the FOB for reminders and 66% for insertion help. Those under 30 were more likely to agree to ask the FOB for reminders (p < 0.01) and insertion help (p = 0.05). African-American women were less likely to have their FOB help with insertion (p < 0.01). Product preferences may be less critical than risk perception. Involvement of the FOB in decision-making may be vital.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)881-886
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Journal of STD and AIDS
Volume28
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2017

Keywords

  • prevention
  • treatment
  • Women

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Pharmacology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases

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    Catallozzi, M., Fraiz, L. D., Hargreaves, K. M., Zimet, G., Stanberry, L. R., Ratner, A. J., Gelber, S. E., & Rosenthal, S. L. (2017). Pregnant women’s attitudes about topical microbicides for the prevention and treatment of bacterial vaginosis during pregnancy. International Journal of STD and AIDS, 28(9), 881-886. https://doi.org/10.1177/0956462416679067